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No more cows kicking over lanterns

News flash: fires are dangerous.

"Fire Prevention Week is marked all across the nation and started after the Great Chicago fire," said Dave Colvin, acting manager of fire safety and emergency services at Western.

Fire safety on campus is a shared responsibility, Colvin noted, adding if you hear a fire alarm, then leave the building - there could be a fire, a chemical spill or maybe even a hostage situation.

According to Colvin, awareness is integral for fire safety because there are many misconceptions which are spread by television and Hollywood. There have been two fatalities at Western as a result of fire; however, there have been improvements.

Those interested in fire prevention can visit www.uwo.ca/emerg.

-Marshall Bellamy

Take off clothes: give to poor
Going home for Thanksgiving weekend is great - it's a great excuse to eat all you want and, naturally, clean out your closet.

Watch for World University Service of Canada around campus this week, promoting a winter clothing drive, which will begin accepting donations next week.

"We want to collect warm winter clothes for people in need around the London area," said Amal Elkhazin, VP-charity events for WUSC.

"We were thinking that when students go home for Thanksgiving, they could be thankful for what they have and remember the less fortunate [by] bringing back something they're not using anymore, if they have any space when packing," Elkhazin said.

Donations will be accepted in drop boxes in all of the residences on campus, as well as a central drop point in the University Students' Council office, in Rm. 340 of the University Community Centre.

For more information, Elkhazin can be contacted at amalelk@hotmail.com.

-Dan Perry

Hungry, hungry food banks
Loonies can be used for more than just buying Tim Hortons coffee.

The London Food Bank is asking Londoners to donate $1 for their public fund-raiser entitled "One Buck, One Person, One Time," said Glen Pearson, the food bank's executive director.

"The food bank has never publicly fundraised before," Pearson said. Money raised will go towards purchasing a new building. "For the past 17 years the food bank [has] worked out of temporary locations."

"[The new building will be used as] a depot system that will have a warehouse and shipping facilities. This was suggested by London Food Bank partners, including the City of London and other social agencies," Pearson noted.

"The initial idea for the depot was brought up by Western master of business administration students who volunteered at the food bank," Pearson added. Anyone interested in making a donation can drop it off at any London fire hall or grocery store. Donations can also be mailed directly to the London Food Bank.

-Sarah Fraley

Law and Order stars [not] coming to Western
Where else can conspiracy theorists, Law and Order fans and budding politicos gather to discuss the world of global law than at Western?

A law conference called Globalization and the Future of Law will take place Sat., Oct. 17 and Sun., Oct. 18, said Michael Lynk, conference co-chair and a professor of labour law at Western.

"The main thrust of the conference is to point out the laws that influence Canada and Ontario," Lynk said, adding international labour laws being discussed today will have a profound influence in the next 30 to 40 years.

"I think we're hoping to awaken [participants] to the message that globalization has a profound impact - both positive and negative - on our lives," Lynk added.

Lynk said guest speakers include former federal New Democratic Party leader Ed Broadbent and Supreme Court justice Louis LeBel.

Registration opens on both Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in Rm. 38 of the law school building and costs $100 for one day.

-Anton Vidgen




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